Calum Chambers’ arrival at Arsenal yesterday was greeted with widespread happiness from almost everybody at the club.
However, one man who may be less pleased by Arsene Wenger’s latest recruit is Carl Jenkinson.
The 22-year-old right-back had been signed from Charlton back in 2011 due to his potential, but he has failed to establish himself as a first team regular and Chambers’ arrival plunges his future in to doubt.
Jenkinson is a Gunners supporter and has always worn the shirt with passion and pride, but he could be set to depart the club with Hull City and Newcastle both linked with making bids.
It is easy to see why Wenger regarded his latest £16 million signing as an upgrade, too.
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Last season Chambers demolished Jenkinson is every notable catergory for a full-back, as shown by the table above, and he is three years Jenkinson's junior – proving he is clearly a better option.
The Saints right-back played 21 times last campaign and he was largely excellent in every appearance.
There is a feeling at St. Mary’s that, although Chambers received less attention, he could go on to be even better than Luke Shaw and the club were understandably disappointed when he became another high-profile departure this summer.
He should get a fair amount of game time at the Emirates as he will come in as cover for Mathieu Debuchy, who is widely recognised as the man who will be Arsenal’s first choice at right-back.
In doing so he immediately jumps ahead of Jenkinson in the pecking order and that owes much to his form last season.
Chambers was better defensively than his Arsenal counterpart – averaging more blocks, tackles and interceptions per game – but he also showed greater attacking intent – showing more willingness to dribble, cross and completing more passes.
It means that the writing is on the wall for Jenkinson’s Arsenal career and although it may be a challenge to leave a club that means so much to him it is the best option for both parties.